Gum disease is a common oral health complication that can spread devastating bacteria through a person’s system – increasing risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. But it’s completely preventable.

You can keep your gums, teeth and smile safe by practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly and using proper techniques.

You can also try to follow a better diet (one with many nutrient-rich foods and few sugary ones), which boosts your gums’ ability to fight the germs in your mouth. Check with your dentist regularly to make sure that your efforts are working and that your smile is free of gum issues.

Key takeaways:

– Gum disease can be a serious overall health issue, so take it seriously when you see it.

– Prevention is key; treating ailing gums early stops them from developing into periodontal disease, but keeping them healthy in the first place works even better.

– If problems crop up, see your dentist immediately. They don’t deal solely with teeth – they can deal with your gum problems too.

“Keep in mind that problems relating to the teeth and gums can impact the entire body, so don’t take any chances with your oral health.”

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Dr. Matthew Thomas BDS Wales (1996)

Dr. Thomas was born and brought up in Bridgend. He attended the University of Wales College of Medicine and Dentistry, qualified in 1996, and pursued dental VT training in LlantwitVardre 1996-97. Dr. Thomas held associate positions in Rhondda Valley. In 1999, he purchased Marlborough Dental Practice.

Dr. Thomas is interested in all aspects of dentistry including clear orthodontics (he is qualified to fit Invisalign, Inman, Six Month Smiles, Cfast, SmileTru) and dental implants.

He was a keen rugby player for local clubs in Bridgend and Cardiff Meds where he was Captain for two seasons. He also was a keen sportsperson playing county tennis, football, swimming, cycling, running, judo (until his knees fell apart and needed reconstructions!).

Now, Dr. Thomas rides his mountain bike regularly, and occasionally a road bike, plus he skis and enjoys time with his family, including two daughters and two dogs.